"A talented writer exhibiting her intuition, Knox understands that our greatest fear is loneliness. In We Arrive Uninvited, she gifts us with myriad ways to find a cure."
—Tara Lynn Masih, author of How We Disappear (Florida Book Award recipient) and My Real Name Is Hanna
“Jen Knox is a fearless writer ... The Glass City speaks to the America of now as urgently as Sinclair Lewis or Theodore Dreiser did in their day, but with a touch of magic that only makes the reality beneath that much more haunting.”
—Sheila Black, author of Iron, Ardent
When Emerson was twelve, she was enamored by her grandmother Amelia and believed that what others saw as eccentricity or mental illness was instead a misunderstood gift.
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In Jen Knox’s prize-winning novel, We Arrive Uninvited, the reader enters the world of dual narrators, two women, two generations apart, women grappling with the sometimes-alarming gifts of intuition, foretelling, and psychic receptivity—the goddess gifts interpreted by our culture as madness or worse, witchery. Amelia, the grandmother, relates her tragic yet touched-by-the-marvelous life story to her granddaughter, Emerson, a high school student whose mother has just died, and who shares her gifts. Both women struggle against a world in which the idiosyncratic is penalized and originality is medicated. Both experience love denied and love realized. Knox is an exceptional writer and a compassionate one, her finely wrought prose like Tolstoy’s becomes that pool of clear water you see through to the bottom, so flawless nothing encumbers the story’s realization. We Arrive Uninvited compels us to turn pages and to consider what it is we’ve read.
—Stephanie Dickinson, author of Razor Wire Wilderness and Blue Swan Black Swan: The Trakl Diaries
Jen Knox creates a tale spun on the wishes, dreams, and revised visions of a girl who comes into her own abilities while facing down a family history of madness. Her passionate voice lends authority and insights to Emerson's first-person journey to create a compelling read highly recommended for readers interested in a very different kind of coming-of-age story.
—Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
★ Chapbook (available in print, ebook and audio)
★ Excerpts in Flash Fiction Magazine, MoonPark Reivew &
The Best Small Fictions
★ Audio narrated by Suzanne Warfield
The Glass City
5-year Anniversary edition forthcoming.
“Jen Knox is a fearless writer. She can describe a Toledo community decimated by apocalyptic drought, a bakery in Nice during a terrorist attack, a surreal museum of living statues, and make every one of these things feel as real and intimate as your favorite worn-in flannel shirt. Acutely alert to the smallest moments that reveal character, her stories can give you a whole life in a few short paragraphs, laid bare in all its sorrow, glory, and restless longing. She can work dialogue, twist a plot, make you laugh out loud, and then break your heart. The Glass City speaks to the America of now as urgently as Sinclair Lewis or Theodore Dreiser did in their day, but with atouch of magic that only makes the reality beneath that much more haunting.”
—Sheila Black, author of Iron, Ardent
“Jen Knox is a master cartographer of the human psyche. In the stories of The Glass City, she maps the depths and complexity of the human mind against the backdrop of a future so possible yet so surreal that it’s nearly futile to try to set the book down. I kept telling myself, just one more page before bed, just one more story—until I found myself turning the last page in the middle of the night, having forgotten to eat dinner. Ultimately, The Glass City is the miracle of artistic imagination at its absolute peak: read casually, it thrills and entertains us with insightful depictions of who we are; read deeply, it shows us who we can become.”
—Melissa Studdard, author of I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast
“A set of penetrating and absorbing tales."
"A word after a word after a word is power." --Margaret Atwood
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"Jen’s feedback on my writing has been instrumental in propelling me forward and believing in my voice. She helped me find my strengths and encouraged me to press further into the terrain of writing. This is the first time in my life where I feel confident to say, I’m a writer!" —Writing Circle Participant
"I've been figuratively barricaded behind a self-imposed wall, unable to let my art out ... Even avoiding a lot of things I need yet felt afraid to be present to and with. And with Jen's guidance, I just did a charcoal sketch! It was insightful and also not what I expected to show up." —Brandi, Washington